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Gallo Reference 3.1 Loudspeaker

Loudspeakers are not natural. Go outside and listen to a bird, or hear a piano, a French horn, a guitar, or even a drum. This is natural sound. Now listen to those same sounds on a typical loudspeaker where they are broken down into bass, midrange, and treble. The operative word here is “broken”. By the way, were you sitting in the sweet spot? Does a piano have a sweet spot?

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Gallo Reference Strada Speakers and TR-3 Subwoofers

Anthony Gallo Acoustics has been developing and improving their spherical loudspeakers for more than 20 years. The new $1,998 per pair Reference Strada is the next generation, following the company’s very well received Reference 3.1 . The CDT3 tweeter is the exact same unit which is used in the new $5,995 Reference 3.5, and the dual 5” drivers with neodymium magnets are also found in the 3.5.

GoldenEar Triton Seven Loudspeakers

GoldenEar Technology was started in 2010 by Sandy Gross and Don Givogue. Mr. Gross might be familiar to audiophiles from his association with Polk and Definitive Technology, both of which he co-founded. Mr. Givogue also co-founded Definitive Technology and holds a patent for multi-driver bi-polar speaker arrays.

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Grado Sonata and Benz-Micro Glider Phono Cartridges

First, understand that these are two very good, but very different sounding cartridges. They are perhaps a peerless pair of the best performers in the crowded sub-$1,000 realm. Secondly, let me say that most people will not like both of these devices. In most ways that matter, the sound of the Grado Sonata and Benz-Micro Glider cartridges are so distinct that we're talking a tale of two cartridges here.

Graham IC70 vs. Hovland MG2 Phono Cables

Ladies and Gentlemen! In this corner, the world renowned Graham IC-70 tonearm cable. And in the other corner, the equally famous Hovland Music Groove 2 tonearm cable. Yes, folks, here are the two best tonearm cables in the world, fighting DIN and RCA to win your hearts as the new World Champion! This is a fight to the death; winner takes all. The bell is about to ring, so take your seats and get ready for… The Fight of the Titans!

Halcro MC20 Power Amplifier

It is summer and Denver often sees temperatures in the high 90s. It is summer and gasoline is $4 a gallon, which hopefully is a situation that we will look back on in amazement that it ever cost so much, and not that it ever cost so little. Food costs are up, too. The house air conditioner is running almost 24/7 taking money out of my wallet in direct proportion to the cold air blowing into my house.

Harbeth Monitor 30 "Rendezvous" Special Edition Loudspeaker

I debated for a long time whether or not to write this review for two reasons:
1. This speaker has "good buzz" and I wondered if mine would be the lone voice in the forest of opinions. This dichotomy would be ongoing proof that YMMV.

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Harmonic Technology Pro-Silway mk. II interconnects

Point. Counterpoint. This was a difficult review to kick off, not because these interconnect cables are hard to describe, but because any component review needs to place the item in some sort of context.

Inspire Fire-Bottle SE Stereo Power Amplifier

It was a sad day when we heard that Dennis Had, founder and guiding light of Cary Audio, was retiring. Under his leadership, business acumen and engineering genius, Cary Audio became one of the most successful producers of audio equipment. Several Cary Audio products, both tube and solid state, have been reviewed here on 10 Audio, and this writer purchased many of the review samples.

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